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    Paul Merrill

    GREAT post, Carol.

    The only change I'd make is "Upsides" - plural.

    My favorite side-effect to the recession is the "less waste" aspect.

    I only wish that gas prices were high enough to keep the sales of the giant SUVs down. The American public is so short-sighted that they started buying them again, once the price hit $2 a gallon. (But selfishly, I'm glad that the gas prices are now.)

    carolross

    Yes, you are right. There are many benefits coming out of the recession. I agree that the less waste side-effect is a big one. We actually don't know how much waste there is until we are forced to do the same (or more) with less and then we experience the results.

    Fred H Schlegel

    Nicely put. I think that the media echo chamber has difficulty seeing that deep down we're optimists. As existing structures fall apart the amount of innovation that can happen could be amazing. Really, the only question concerning innovation that we don't know is 'How long will it take?'

    Kim Dority

    Love the reference to Schumpeter's creative destruction concept, good reminder that perhaps the most critical career skills these days are adaptability and resiliency. To quote Charles Darwin, "It's not the strongest of the species who survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change."

    carolross

    Fred--agree that innovation is not if but when. For those who are watching for what the marketplace wants, the innovation comes about sooner.

    Kim--yes, yes, and yes on the Darwin quote! I like to say that my focus for this year is "reinvent to be relevant" which is all about adaptability.

    Thanks to both of you for stopping by and leaving your comments.

    Lori Sauerwein

    Love this post! The direct sales industry traditionally experiences an upturn during times of economic downturn. People who were unwilling to forgo the "security" and "opportunity" of their corporate positions suddenly discover that there's no greater mistake than leaving your personal destiny in the hands of someone (or something) else.

    That's why I suggest one more benefit for your list -- a renewed sense of personal power and responsibility. Friends and colleagues are coming to recognize the wisdom in the adage, "if it is to be, it is up to me."

    carolross

    Yes, yes, yes! Thanks, Lori for calling out personal power and responsibility as an upside to this recession. It's so important. As I tweeted yesterday, we truly are creators of our destiny. Let's hope that when good times come around again, that this lesson is not lost.

    I've noticed in myself a renewed sense of my own power, as I create the on-ramp to more income in tight times. When I start seeing the results (as I did last week in getting new clients), I get excited. I know that my actions made the difference between nothing happening and something happening, whether it was writing an article, connecting with an old contact, or developing new services.

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